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Air controller study shows chronic fatigue

air controllersAir traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government has kept secret for nearly four years.

Federal Aviation Administration officials have declined to furnish a copy of the report despite repeated requests and a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. However, the AP was able to obtain a draft of the final report dated Dec. 1, 2011.


Ferguson Demonstrations: Authorities Declare State of Emergency in St. Louis County

Ferguson protestsSt. Louis authorities declared a state of emergency Monday as they prepared for a second night of protests marking a year since a police officer killed Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

The move was announced by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, who cited the violence that marred protests Sunday night in Ferguson.

"The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger," Stenger said in a statement.


8 Found Dead Inside Houston-Area Home

8 dead in Houston area homeA man was taken into custody after eight people were found dead inside a Houston-area home.

The bodies of three adults and five children were discovered late Saturday after deputies went to the home in northwest Harris County for a welfare check, said Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland. When they arrived, no one answered the door.

"After several repeated times to get someone to come to the door, some more information was obtained that a male was in the home that had a warrant for an aggravated assault on a family member," Gilliland told ABC station KTRK-TV.


Gov. Sam Brownback's brother accused of terrorizing rural neighbors

Jim BrownbackUndulating fields of crops and livestock-dotted pastures are the domain of a trigger-happy bully who brags about a political cloak of invincibility keeping him beyond reach of the law in faithfully conservative Linn County.

Adversaries say he has woven a liquor-infused tapestry of fear colored by intimidation, abuse and lies. The saga features stalking, death threats, trespassing, drive-by gunfire, massive explosions, cattle theft, loan defaults, hit-and-run driving and marital strife. Linn County Sheriff’s Department files bulge with complaints about him.


Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford dead at 84

Frank GiffordPro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who also had a prominent broadcasting career, has died.

His family issued the following statement through NBC on Sunday afternoon:

"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."


Protesters mark anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson

Ferguson protestSeveral hundred people gathered in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer that sparked protests and a national debate on race and justice.

Some pushed children in strollers as crowds of white, black, old and young people gathered at the spot in this mostly black St. Louis suburb where Brown, 18, was fatally shot on Aug. 9, 2014.


Phila. judge overturns 158 convictions tied to rogue narcotics cops

Jeffrey WalkerA Philadelphia judge on Friday reversed 158 narcotics convictions tainted by allegations of police corruption - the largest such dismissal in one day in city history.

The rulings by Common Pleas Court President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper were the latest fallout from the federal prosecution of seven police narcotics officers.


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